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sustaining a cloture vote. so if it is going to be interesting to see how harry reid handles and. he has got a terrible job. the job of the majority leader in the senate has enough responsibility but not enough authority to match it, and he already faces a contentious senate, and it will be interesting to see how he handles it. greta: one of the things i just missed, or maybe i am a full, but suppose this bill does not get passed. let's say the president flat out loses on this. why can they not go home for one week and then start it back up again? why do we have this fixation that it has to be this one by a certain time? >> yes, it is because the president made it that way. the president said he wanted a bill out of the house and senate at the end of july. i thought it was a mistake on the administration's part, on the president's part, to set that deadline, because this complex bill, i mean, this bill is huge. this is a big piece of legislation, and members have to take a large amount of time to digest it, and by setting the deadline, he already set himself up for defeat. but you are right.
, harry reid, un-american, nancy pelosi runs the house, talking about fascist tactics, at least the democrats talking crazy are running washington, d.c. our people are talking about death panels aren't elected. >> the republicans who are elected clearly or not making enough good noise. >> you know what, let's just call them out right now. let's just do it. since i lovemaki making everybo. tim pawlenty has a responsibility to distance himself from death panel talk. yesterday, we had the chairman of the gop, michael steele, a guy i like very much personally. the next time he believes whether the legislation has death panels in it. he needs to say, no, it does not. the virginia governor, he needs to come out and distance himself from nancy pelosi saying that these tactics are un-american -- >> we tried with michael steele yesterday. >> i'm just saying, there's all of this uncontrolled rage out there, i think leaders of both parties have to be called on the carpet and distance themselves from the crazy rhetoric that's out there, whether it's coming from nancy pelosi or harry reid ca
-proof majority, but they do think they can pass a bill without republican help. senate majority leader harry reid says if they take a bipartisan bill, they cannot get a partisan one. brian mooar, wbal tv 11 news. >> it has been less than 24 hours since senator ted kennedy's burial, and his grave site is now open to the public. today, we also heard from senator kennedy's , kathleen kennedy townsend. on "meet the press" today, she thanked the world for the outpouring of support. she also spoke about how our uncle inspired her. >> it is extraordinary -- how proher uncle and spider. he said you can keep fighting. -- she also spoke about how her uncle inspired her. in the toughest times, always keep fighting, never giving up, and saying to each of us, "you can do it." >> she said it was difficult growing up without a father and credits her uncle was coming through and in praising her family. -- and praising her family. there was our sunday morning program on q&a. >> there is no one in the senate or house that is done more for human rights, civil rights, health and then senator ted kennedy. -- health t
harry reid promised that congress would continue to push for hormone, a lifelong cause of kennedy's. the lion's mighty roar may fall silent but his dream shall never die. senator edward kennedy was 77. >>> the senator's death comes two weeks after the death of his sister. kennedy's health prevented him from append -- attending her funerall service. >>> governor is brought lining his plans to close the state's $750 million budget gap. and he wants to lay off more than 200 state workers and that has many outrammed. mary is live outside the state plex. >> reporter: people are not sure if they'll have a job or not in the future. as deep budget cuts set in for state workers, detail will be released today about which departments will lose employees. >> they're not gibb unlessing at us gosh -- nipping at us anymore, this governor is take bites. >> reporter: in all, the state is cutting $736 million from the budget, 60% that have coming from state agencies. 29% is coming from aid to local government and 11 percent from state employees. >> we have one simple intention, and that is to get
't lose a voice in the fierce debate over health care reform. early this morning, harry reid promised that congress would continue to push for health care reform, a lifelong cause of kennedy's. reed said, the liberal lion's mighty roar may now fall silent but his dream shall never die. senator ted kennedy was 77. his successor will be chosen in five months through a special election. live in washington this morning. michelle back to you. >> thank you. >>> for more now on ted kennedy's life and legacy, here's hari. >> reporter: born into the kennedy political dynasty in 1932, he was known as teddy. he was the youngest son of joseph and rose kennedy. he followed in his father's and brothers' footsteps. along the way he earned the respect of democrats and even republicans who fought much of what he stood for. >> he is a fabulous united states senator. when he's against you, it's tough. when he's with you, it is a great experience. >> reporter: the brother of president john kennedy came on the political scene in 1962, when he finished out jfk's senate term. ted's quick ascent would soon b
. harry reid says he supports the change, as as massachusetts governor. >>> we're watching some storms tonight with chief meteorologist doug hill. >> here in the belfort furniture weathe center, the doppler radar, heavy downpours and under and lightning showing up stru on aroruss the river into montgerss county and gaithersburg. they are drifting to the he no t.ithiee areas, we will keep an eye on that. the storm scan is tracking the rain to the south. a lot more earlier. at that time, it had diminished. we will get some of the showers and storms tomorrow. what about danny? not very impressive,he ntdey and circulation. theriur f hnecaorecasters say there is a wind one fopyrtunit where it could intensify over the warm tewar and it codte become a facr. a stl iloptol al str w watchoral the outer bank s. will have a lot more on its potential track coming up, along with the forecast. >>> authorities in southwest virginia are investigating the murder of two virginia students and a national forest. both were 19 years of age and both from lynchburg. there were both shot. their bodies were foun
changes. the white house would be able to -- does not get removed in advance. the spokesman for harry reid says democrats have not reached a decision yet, but did say, quote -- just today, mitt romney arty, work together with the middle of his party, republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having a government take over insurance. >> joining us now, chuck todd. what's going on right now, the president trying to address democrats, trying to get them more energized, how's that going over? >> well, look, i mean, this is not new. the white house has said this for months they would do this. saying look rk they're going to get a bill whatever it takes and if republicans are at the table, fine. if they're not, fine. they'll go another way. they have the votes to do that. i think part of the strategy using the budget sort of way to go around the rules a little bit was the negotiating ploy to keep republicans at the table, keep them negotiating a little bit. i'm fascinated what's going to happen tonight. there's the gang of six is going to be having a conference call. fi
. this morning the senate's top democrat harry reid said while congress mourns the death of ted kennedy it only pushes them forward to enact health care reform. armando trull for 9 news now and wusa9.com. >>> we knew senator kennedy was living with brain cancer but there were recent signs his health was detear rating. last week he asked massachusetts lawmakers to revamp state law allowing them to appoint his replacement rather than holding a special election. he wanted to make sure massachusetts had two votes in the senate and he did not attend the funeral of his sister, eunice kennedy shriver. the founder of the special olympics died at age 88. senator kennedy blamed his health from keeping him from the funeral. >>> news of the senator's death came down early this morning. there's plenty of reaction on the web. kristin fisher has that part of the story. good morning. >> that's right. it is the big story on the web this morning, both on websites here at home and overseas. now, senator kennedy was a senator from massachusetts, but he really was a national political figure and very well known ar
and staffers waiting to pay their final respects to ted kennedy. we're now hearing that harry reid is willing to do a partisan bill on health care. if he cannot bridge the gap. would such a bill have any support from the american people? with us now is professor of advanced political studies at george washington, bob bechel and cal thomas, big title on that. you sound important when they say that to you. >> he used to call me the professor thing. its part-time job. >> trace: i saw on the teleprompter that is a long together for bob. i got to start with you first. harry reid he may very well cram this thing through. you look at the polls and harry reid pushing this thing through. would he be thumbing their noses at the american people? >> first of all, you have to keep in mind, he would have to do under reconciliation that would get only a part of the current outline of health care reform bill through, not the whole thing. i don't think it's going to happen. one of the things about missing ted kennedy, there is a deal yesterday yet to be brokered. you heard the conversation with scott rasmusse
. last week, majority leader harry reid said, "teddy, as you know is dead, that's why i'm stuck on bipartisanship." republicans are no fans of the plan which would cut them and conservative democrats out of the deal. republican orrin hatch tells abc that lawmakers can learn a lot from kennedy. >> the one thing that kennedy has, he could bring together all of the base groups of the democratic party. they wouldn't take him on once he made up his mind. as somebody whoever the last 33 years passed almost every healthcare bill that works, many of them was ted kennedy. mews of them were. >> one leading the fight is his longtime friend chris dodd. he called kennedy a tactician and master of the senate. dodd said senators would bring bipartisanship to the table to work out differences. >> if you want to honor teddy's memory, it's to come back and sort of, as i said the other night, put behind us the blistering days of august and to enter the cool days of september. and start acting like senators again. >> so far, there is a lot of talk about compromise from both sides but no action. nex
-- at the direction at this country under president obama, harry reid, and nancy pelosi. they have spent billions of dollars in the last few months, and we're trillions of dollars in debt. congressman connolly, you are our representative. you represent we the people. i implore you to vote no on this bill, preserve our freedom, and prevent our country from sliding into economic ruin. >> thank you, michele. i am sorry for your loss. micron mother -- my grandmother had alzheimer's. she was help the other wives, and so she lived along wake -- all long time with this debilitating illness that is so devastating, to see someone gradually fade away from the person that you knew. i have deep empathy for what you went through. while there may be the impression out there, especially if you watch too much of fox news -- [unintelligible] i cannot help it. i'm a democrat. but there are not panels that will tell you and your doctor what i loved one is going to get, suffering from alzheimer's. there are going to be studies looking at comparative effectiveness so that we know what treatments make sense. let me gi
-span, president obama, vice president biden, and senate majority leader harry reid comment on the death of senator ted kennedy. after that, we will show you senator kennedy's speeches at the 1980 democratic convention. later, congressman gerry connolly hold a town hall meeting in springfield, virginia. >> as washington and the nation continues to focus on health care, sunday on c-span, we will talk about dealing with the swine flu virus with dr. thomas friedman, director of the centers for disease control on newsmakers. then there will be a look inside the u.s. hospitals. cohen said the supreme court to see those -- go inside the supreme court to see those rarely seen places. the supreme court is home to the nation's highest court. senator ted kennedy served nine times, serving 47 years in the senate. senator kennedy served on seven major committees, armed services, and the judiciary committee. in 1980, senator kennedy unsuccessfully challenged president carter for the presidential -- for the democratic presidential nomination. president obama spoke about ted kennedy this morning from martha's vin
of his life. senate majority leader harry reid says democrats will rededicate themselves for the causes to which he so do you -- diewtfully dedicated his career. >> you can get more on abc2news.com. and more on "good morning america." >>> now to video you'll only see on abc2 news. a city cop rear ended as she stood at a light on wabash and northern parkway in northwest baltimore. the officer will be ok. no word if the driver will be charged. >>> to exclusive video from northwest baltimore. fire crews investigating a house fire on oak hill street around midnight. we're told everyone inside did make it out ok. they are being held by neighborhood services. we're still awaiting word on how the fire started in the first place. >>> layoffs and furloughs, a way of life for state workers. >> the governor will announce his plans to balance the state budget today. abc2 news sherrie johnson joins us with more. >> reporter: more budget cuts on the way as the governor announces more than $450 million worth of jobs and services that will get the ax. governor o'malley says this latest round will inclu
're pushing harder on health care reform. senate majority leader harry reid says they'll rededicate themselves to the causes kennedy championed. he had been working the phones from his sickbed even, trying to push through health care reform. >>> democrats is what one astronaut tweeted after nasa scratched a shuttle launch for the second time. weather was the culprit on tuesday. nasa hopes to launch the shuttle early friday after testing the valve. >>> an airplane flew into washington's restricted air space. get this. it's the very same plane that caused an evacuation of the white house four years ago. a student pilot got within ten miles of raggal national airport yesterday before it was intercepted by coast guard helicopters. i know. makes you shake your head. those are system of the headlines we're working on this morni morning. >>> how's the coffee, huh? i'm robin meade. morning, sunshine. >>> we have to look back at the legacy of senator kennedy. richard lui, it's a long one. you mentioned even from his sickbed he was working, making calls. a fighter to the end. >> that's right. he returne
leader harry reid says democrats will re-dedicate themselves for the causes to which he so do you thinkfully dedicated his life. >>> stay with us for more on the death of senator ted kennedy. "good morning america" will look back at the senator's life and career. you can get the latest at abc2news.com. you can also leave comments about the senator's death on our web site. it's the first story on abc2news.com. >>> now to the video you will only see here on abc2 news. a city cop rear-ended as she sat at a light early this morning at wabash and northern parkway in northwest baltimore. the driver was taken to the hospital, will be ok. no word on if the driver will be charged. >>> to exclusive video from northwest baltimore. fire crews investigating a house fire on oak hill street around midnight. we're told everybody inside made it out ok. they are now being held by neighborhood services. no word now on how this fire started. >>> three young men from baltimore county are charged with gang raping three women in baltimore city. police say on july 27th two women accepted a ride from two
from the senate democratic leader harry reid and vicki kennedy. there is a chance this could pass by late september, and one of the names being mentioned as a temporary senator is the former governor and presidential candidate, michael dukakis. >> that would be the interim senator, if indeed this law were passed. how about speculation to who might run in the election five, six months from now? >> reporter: vicki kennedy has taken herself out, but joe kennedy, bobby's eldest son, a former congressman is still looking at the race. he has some money left over in his campaign chest. and there's a host of other members of congress and other sta statewide officials. there's a lot of pent up ambition in massachusetts. there hasn't been an open senate seat since john kerry first ran in 1984, 25 years ago. >> all right, george stephanopoulos reporting, thanks. >>> even though he was away from the senate for much of the last year, until just days ago, the senator was actively involved in the health care reform debate, on the phone with colleagues. some of his allies in congress harbor hopes
these people on american and other people suggesting that they are behaving like nazi's. you have harry reid: them evil mongerers. >> i said that it organized, but in america, you have the right to organize. you just have to evaluate what the feelings of the american people are in light of the organization. there are more than people from that town or that county. i certainly will not criticize them. i will listen to them they are citizens. they have a right to be heard. when that man was apoplectic and told me that god would stand before me, as he said it, you showed a clip. i said wait a minute, i did not want that man to be ejected. i did not want the story to be that a citizen was ousted from the town hall meeting. i wanted the impact to be that i was prepared to listen and stay cool. megyn: i was so impressed they had read the bill. they were very informed. >> they certainly were. i give them credit for that. it is even more reason why they are entitled to be listened to and have their voices heard. megyn: we are watching you and your poll numbers. so far, not looking that great in the
and concentration. plus support for heart health. that's a great call. one a day men's. trace: harry reid speaking about ted kennedy. >> one of the highlights of my life working in the united states senate was ted kennedy. he was such a friend, a model public servant, and a brilliant american icon. so many difficult times in kennedy family history, they turned to their uncle ted for comfort. so many times in our country's history, america has turned to ted kennedy for the same comfort. with a grieving first lady at arlington national cemetery, and i will never forget how his deep love for his brother bobby helped him somehow summoned the strength to deliver that eulogy. as patriarch, he grieved with us with a loss of john john. for decades, ted kennedy was the rock of his family. he has left us to remember. it is now up to us to celebrate the senator who has helped so many live better lives. as a student at utah state university, i formed to the first young democrats club. i got a letter from president- elect kennedy. it was between the time that he had been elected and before he was inaugurated.
majority leader harry reid says, quote, it was the thrill of my work with ted kennedy. he was a friend, the model of publ servin a amendncari a icon. as we mourn his loss, with rededicate himself to theau cses to which cifut dlyul dutifully feiflis . senate kennedy stands wlihit th most patriotic men and wichl women t erve ser in these lls. s nancyi posil says he had a grand orvi fs america and an inparalleled work for change. he had deep concern for the least among us. no one has done more than setor konese tdy educate our children, care for our seniors and tsure the for all americans. of course, senator kennedy's death comes at a critical time of the health care debate. health care was a lifelong issue for senator kennedy. president barack obama is facing a very, very difficult fight for his health care reform plan. he is going to need all of the votes that he can get. the vacancy being left by the death of senator kennedy, of course, not great timing for the obama administration. actually, senator kennedy and in his final days was trying to change the succession law in massachusett
the president has to decide to step up and really frame this for us. the leadership can do it. harry reid, i think, has worked hard. i know max baucus is working hard on the finance committee. we put a bill back together in july, as you know, david. teddy's committee, i was asked to chair temporarily for him. a good bill. it was 300 amendments as part of that effort. most of them technical, but many are substantive. that bill has been sitting will. we're ready to work on that along with the finance committee and to move forward. that's what needs to happen here. my belief is that if we can get these bills together and sit down with each other, we can produce a strong vibrant, vitally needed health care reform legislation of accessibility, of course, quality, and affordable. >> i want to get a final thought. first from you senator dodd. as you sit here this morning after all the emotion of the past week, what is the meaning of senator kennedy, the man and the legislator that you are thinking about this morning? >> well, john, i think said it very well. one thing that was so difficult. how do
that harry reid is considering a plan to break the plan into two parts. put the more expensive reform
and the words of senate majority leader harry reid among the possibilities the plans under consideration by senator reid according to "the wall street journal," split the legislation in two. that would be divide and conquer, a strategy that would allow democrats to go it alone according to some of their leaders on the most expensive parts of the bill and then perhaps work with republicans on parts where there is more agreement. congressional sources tell us this is just one of many possibilities now being considered by the democratic leadership and the white house. >>> in a move that some fear to be outright retaliation for opposing the president's health care proposals, a congressional committee led by congressman henry waxman sent a letter to dozens of the country's private health insurance companies demand demanding financial information on their employees. the letters reportedly not sent to other industry groups some of which support the president's plan. a copy of the waxman letter obtained by "lou dobbs tonight" shows that congress wants to know the salary, the bonus, stock option,
with nancy pelosi in the house, harry reid in the united states senate, the democrats are in some ways and i mean this with all due respect, devoid of charismatic, powerful, popular central figure. there is no democrat right now speaking on behalf of the president except for the president who anybody at least and i'm talking to you as middle of the road as i possibly can be, there is nobody on the democratic side who is appealing to the people who is explaining how this will impact them and i think that the democrats, they are wimping out. they are getting their clocks cleaned on the town hall meetings. they are hiding. they are as the rain increases here on the vineyard, i can say that the republicans clearly have outmaneuvered the democrats, the question is whether or not no healthcare is an acceptable alternative now. do you have any inside information bob on the condition? as the rain increases, i think we will move this down below deck. any information at all about the senator's frail condition right now? >> i talked to some people last week who had been around him. he reads the paper,
for a simple majority. after the week, harry reid said if he can't get a bipartisan bill through, he'll go partisan. rub orrin hatch tells abc that lawmaker can learn a lot from kennedy. >> he could bring together all of the base groups of the democratic party. they wouldn't take him on once he made up his mind. >> reporter: but kennedy had something that most members some the senate don't have. he could afford to wait. he didn't have to worry about attacks from e left. >> ted kennedy had at built and the knowledge to get into a political situation and make the compromises and he knew that there might be some people who might be unhappy with this one or that one but no one was going to say ted kennedy sold us out for no good reason. >> reporter: there is a lot of talk about compromise from both side but no action. next up, the gang of six, the bipartisan group in the senate finance committee. they have a conference call this freeway. caroline shively, fox news. >>> ahead, one f the signs of aging is getting wrirchg alts. at some point, we all have on deal wh wrinkles. there could be a solu
cain mentioning that just this past sunday. also senate majority leader harry reid from the democrats saying that democrats will rededicate to the causes for which he so duetfully dedicated his life. back to you. >> thank you so much. >>> tucker is back with another check on our forecast. yesterday warmed up but the huge was low which made it tolerable. >> tolerable? it was beautiful. >> tolerable is not a bad word. >> it indicates that maybe it was less than perfect. i would say it was pretty close to perfected. >> i to agree.ldu eav age. . enjoyed beng iousi det d >>ay esl tolerable. we'll be in the low 90s this afternoon. we wllwi denlith wiheat heat around here a little later this afternoon. 72-degree at reagan national and -- 72 degrees at reagan national and 70 at dulles and up in baltimore. 66 in frederick and 69 in winchester. beautiful start to the day. should be awe nice, sunny, bright day today. we'll just be dealing with more heat. a very quiet satellite-radar. not a lot happening. cold front off to the north and west. it is really a weak one. by the time it gets in here, in wi
leader harry reid said the best way to keep that dream alive to pass health care reform. armando trull for 9 news now and wusa9.com. >>> the senators death came in a statement released by his family. here's part of it. we have lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joy us light in our lives but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts and lives. we knew senator kennedy was living with brain cancer but there had been signs his health was deteriorating. he asked massachusetts lawmakers to revamp state law allowing them to appoint his replacement instead of holding a special election. he said he wanted to be sure massachusetts had two votes in the senate. >>> it made headlines when the senator did not attend the funeral of eunice kennedy shriver. the founder of the special olympics died at the age of 88. senator kennedy blamed his health for keeping him from her funeral. >>> republicans are praising the life and career of senator kennedy. california governor arnold schwarzenegger, who's married to kennedy's niece maria shriver called him
're not going to stand here. [ shouting ] >> harry reid and the rest of the people in congress and the senate, are they going to be willing to be on the same plan they're asking us to be on? >> but nobody's talking about setting up -- putting 47 million people in a public plan. we don't know that's going to be part of the bill. what we are talking about -- what we are talking about is giving people who don't have health insurance options. >> a direct assault on our personal liberties, our prernl freedom, our personal privacy. you need to open it up to the free markets. you need to get the government the hell out of our way. >> meanwhile, the health care industry is spending tens of billions of dollars to influence the reform debate and the battle is about to get even more fierce. our national political correspondent jessica yellin has that part of the story. >> reporter: here are some staggering numbers. $39 million. that's the amount of money the insurance industry has spent on lobbying since march. $133 million, the amount spent by the rest in the fight for health care reform. >> the frenet
of control spending, spiraling debt and liberalism. a spokesman for senate majority leader harry reid said the group is distorting the truth and engaging in sleazy campaign tactics. >>> time for our i-report of the day. roger savitz shot this video in maine and said these turkeys are hanging out in the road causing a traffic jam. looking cute, though. you give us your views and turkeys. head to cnn.com/robin to learn how you can become an i-reporter. thanks for that. that was cute. >>> if you're annoyed by those pre-recorded robo calls trying to sell you something, some help is on the way for you. many of those calls are being banned by the government. our money expert jennifer westhoven is here and jen, not all robo calls are being banned, though, right? >> yes, but what's that at dinner? what's that? could it be the sound of silence? >> thank goodness. >> a lot less fewer calls. robo calls from companies will not be allowed starting tomorrow. you can still legally get them from charities, politicians and debt collectors, they got exemptions but the ftc says telemarketers must get written
] >> a vote for cloture it is a procedural vote and i would suspect to support senator harry reid on a bill he wants to bring up to cut off debate on a motion to proceed so the issue can be taken up. that was illustrated when there were 49 republican senators a couple of years ago, and employees free choice act came out, i was the sole republican who voted for cloture so we could take of the bill. it was not to say that i was for the bill, because i am for the principles of a union certification and first contract, but that is an illustration on a procedural issue where i would vote to take up the bill. i think the legislation ought to be considered by the senate. i am not saying there might not be an extreme case where there was a first amendment issue, or if somebody wanted to cut back on the way i supported hate crimes legislation, or the way i have supported fairness and equality for gays, that i might not if there is a constitutional issue. but i expect to be a book to support cloture. -- i expect to be able to support cloture. >> next question? >> senator specter, i am a constituent of y
. >> part of this goes to the vacuum now being left in the senate and the fact is harry reid and mitch mcconnell have the title of leader but there seems to be universal acknowledgement when teddy was at his active best, he could command that leadership in the senate. is there any way that vacuum gets filled short term or is it going to take awhile before the senate self-selects the next teddy. >> i think a couple points about that. a younger generation of reporters are covering washington and covering it at such a polarized time. you talk to brokaw or tim russert when he was alive, you recall an era where bipartisanship of the type ta we saw with ted kennedy was possible. it attracted that kind of person and ted kennedy was able to thrive there. now you've got president obama facing such a polarized institution in the senate and certainly that in the house. it makes it a lot more difficult. so the question of who picks up the mantle and whether patrick kennedy does that a question. >> hillary clinton and joe biden a year ago, i think those were the first two names people would have said,
leader harry reid says democrats have not reached any decisions just yet, but here is what he did say. quote, patience is not unlimited, and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary. and today mitt romney, former massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, explained why he thinks the president is struggling to find a compromise on health care reform. >> if the president wants to get something done, he needs to put aside the extreme liberal wing of his party, work together with middle votes of his party, work with republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having the government take over insurance. >> but president obama says he still wants to negotiate with republicans. here is what he said a short time ago on the michael smerconish program. >> i'm confident we're going to get it done, and as far as negotiations with republicans, my attitude has always been let's see if we can get this done with some consensus. i would love to have more republicans engaged and involved in this process. >> adrielle is a report
with patients and doctors in charge not government and insurance companies. tell harry reid we can't afford government-run health care. laura: frank, your thoughts on. this it's off the chart with republicans. it's what they will believe. we already spent trillions of dollars and now we are going to add to our debt? and health care is supposed to be a personal issue. not a health care issue. even the democrats agree with this ad. what works so effectively, laura, is it is not hyperbole. it's not extreme. it's states fact after fact after fact and the american people can follow it. laura: after the news broke that the obama administration underestimated the deficit by a figure of $2 trillion as george will said not a rounding error. that's got to make this even more powerful. as people are seeing these revisions of deficit projections and also the shrinking of the economy that we now see is going to be greater than we thought before. that has to be even more effective. >> it's a simple question, how much is this going to cost? look, the american people do believe that the healthcare system h
they understand how complex and how much it could misfire? >> i think they are and i think certainly harry reid is cognizant of that. i'd be interested in your view, though. what i think i learned covering you, and i wish i had e-mail then because you were hard to get on the phone, was that senators and particularly senators involved in financial stuff, can sort of figure these things out and make it work and delay things and phase in different provisions to try to work out whatever they want to dor. so i'm a little skeptical that they can't do it this way. you tell me, can they make it happen? >> no, i agree with conrad. what happens is what they will do is raise a budget point of order saying, this provision of the bill right here involving health insurance reform on pre-existing conditions, which is absolutely critical to health care reform legislation, is irrelevant to the federal budget in the following ways. then you need 60 votes to overrule that point. so it will take 60 votes within reconciliation to include most of the things that people want included in the bill. and that's basically
? is america now in decline because of the radical views of this president, nancy pelosi and harry reid? >> i think that there's a lack of an optimistic message. we're not hearing so much about what america is going to be and how we're going to get there. i don't want to blame that completely on probe. i think that there's an overall mood, people are just anxious and nervous. part of it is because they don't see any positive impact of the policies, in fact, they're seeing the opposite. a great example of that is when -- if they really are it serious about stimulus, then help retrain people for a job, put the money in community colleges and empower people to go, be retrained for a job to replace the one. sean: do you think too many people, cash for clunkers, refrigerators, college, housing, do you think too many people have almost forgotten what the institution's about, what freedom's, what liberty's about and they're adopting the false promises of a government that will offer them anything in their per suit of snow shower >> never forget the words of margaret thatcher. the problem with social
and more important than that, a 60th democratic vote in the snoot. why harry reid, the democratic leader in the united states senate has been calling for this, i think patrick and the democratic leaders will be able to get it done. >> so that would be the reason that the republicans might stand down on opposition on the understanding this would not be a five-month jump-start on the special election for whoever got appointed? does that -- and does that mean, then, it's more likely -- less likely to be the prosecutor from the infamous nanny case, martha coakley and more somebody like governor dukakis? >> yes, absolutely. if it were to be the attorney general coakley who wants to run, interested in running if john kerry won the presidency in 2004. very ambitious. that would scotch the deal right there. it would have to be somebody like mike dukakis, talked about a lot. certain historic justice from a democratic state to have a former democratic standard bearer take that job and mike dukakis policy is up on the issues, would be perfect for the job. that's the kind of person that would have t
harry reid! it's tough! you don't sometimes give credit to these guys. they represent districts that can swing just like that. they have to hit the middle of the road voter to win and need them. in massachusetts, you just need the democrats. >> but with democrats, if you're for the wage earner, you don't have to worry about reeke reelection. >> i worked for senators from utah, for example, frank moss who had a -- he got blown away by orrin hatch. if you're from a state not liberal, i don't care how pro liberal you are, you get beaten. >> what did it mean in president obama's campaign to get an endorsement and what reaction to this day do the clintons have about that? >> let me give you the positive part of it. >> yes. >> bobby is probably going to be known forever as a brother. the books about him will be the last brother. he is primarily a brother to his brothers. joe jr. who lost his life in the war, he never forgot him. always loyal to the memory of his brother and to jack and to bobby. i think he extended that brotherhood to barack obama. he made him the new brother and i think that
the senate, and i usually do, watch harry reid and them, and he tears right into the public option for health care. during that time -- if you don't believe it just go to canada. he goes on fox news and just sits there with some 40 doctors they got. the talk about how bad the canadian medicine is. now the question is, does mitch mcconnell no his absolute stone cold line cannot or does he just like all the time? which is it? anybody would know his line about that if he is watched -- if he watched the for cigna. does he purposely lied all the time? guest: no, i do not think his line and in those statements, but i congratulate the caller on noting one of his most important tactics since he has been republican leader. he does it use his speeches, often his morning business-type speeches on the senate floor to consistently address an issue. the first to did in this session of congress was the closure of guantanamo. he hit that hard, consistently over a long period of time, and i think have some effect. he is doing the same now on health care reform. i think his office would be happy to provide the
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